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Winspear Opera House – Dallas, Texas

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Building: Winspear Opera House
Location: 2106 Boll St Dallas, TX
Completion: 2009
Design Architect: Foster and Partners
(Spencer de Grey)
Architect of Record: Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc.
Design Engineer:  Buro Happold
(Mike Cook)
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
Acoustical Engineer: Sound Space Design
Construction: Linbeck

AE Interests: Grand shading structure at entrance, aluminum cladding, red glass facade, 2,200 seat auditorium, acoustic isolation strategies, white gold-leaf balcony acoustic baffles, l.e.d. giant chandelier – retracts into ceiling.   `

Video of chandelier retracting into ceiling

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Written by Mark Rocha

September 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Posted in Built

Private Residence – San Diego, CA

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Building: Private Residence
Location: San Diego, California
Status: On hold
Architect: Zaha Hadid

AE Interests: Free form concrete structure, complex geometry, cantilevered concrete forms

Written by Mark Rocha

November 9, 2011 at 11:18 am

Posted in Built

Milstein Hall – Ithaca, New York

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Building: Milstein Hall, Cornell University
Location: Ithaca, New York
Completion: October 2011
Architect: OMA Rem Koolhaas
Client: Cornell University

AE Interests: Long span, 50 foot cantilever with exposed structure.

Written by Mark Rocha

October 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Posted in Built

Milstein Hall Steel – Ithaca, New York

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Building: Milstein Hall Steel
Location: Ithaca, New York
Completion: 2011
Architect: OMA
Architect of Record: KHA Architects
Structural Engineering: Robert Silman Associates

Written by Mark Rocha

August 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Posted in Built

Bao’an Stadium – Shenzen, China

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Building: Bao’an Stadium
Location: Shenzen, China
Completion: 2011
Architect: GMP Architekten
Lighting Design: Schlotfeld Licht

AE Interest: Double tension ring beam, pre-tensioned cable roof, steel columns mimic bamboo forest

Written by Mark Rocha

August 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Posted in Built

Metropol Parasol – Seville, Spain

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Building: Metropol Parasol
Location: Seville, Spain
Completion: 2012
Architect: Jürgen Mayer H
Structural Engineer: ARUP
AE Interests: Upon completion, the Metropol Parasol will be the largest wooden structure in the world

Written by Mark Rocha

April 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Posted in Under Construction

City Hall – London, United Kingdom

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Building: City Hall

Location: 110 The Queens Walk

Completed: 2003

 

Architect: Foster and Partners

Architect of Record: Ken Shuttleworth

Structural Engineer: Arup

M+E Engineer: Arup

Contractor: Mace and Waagner Buro AG

AE Interests: Distorted glass sphere that improves energy efficiency

Written by Mark Rocha

June 25, 2010 at 8:15 am

Posted in Built

Slowtecture S – Shiga, Japan

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Building: Slowtecture S
Location: Shiga, Japan
Completion: 2002
Architect: Shuhei Endo
AE Interests: Structural Steel Framing system, used as a complex culture center

Written by Mark Rocha

January 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Posted in Built

Refraction House – Aichi, Japan

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Building: Refraction House
Location: Aichi, Japan
Completion: 2000
Architect: Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama + AMORPHE
AE Interests: Distorted box composed of small rectangular concrete tower

Written by Mark Rocha

January 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Posted in Built

Rooftecture C – Hyogo, Japan

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Building: Rooftecture C
Location: Hyogo, Japan
Completion: 2002
Architect: Shuhei Endo
AE Interests: Crematorium with a curved metal roof to match surrounding landscape

Written by Mark Rocha

January 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Posted in Built

Springtecture H – Hyogo, Japan

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Building: Springtecture H
Location: Hyogo, Japan
Completion: 1998
Architect: Shuhei Endo
AE Interests: Corrugated Steel Sheets used as formwork of the building to combine the interior and exterior of the building, created using form of independent spiral of steel sheets

Written by Mark Rocha

January 26, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Posted in Built

Kansai Kan of the National Diet Library – Kyoto, Japan

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Building: Kansai Kan of the National Diet Library
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Completion: 2002
Architect: Fumio Toki Associates
General Contractors: Takenaka Corporation
AE Interests: During construction, precast concrete methods for beams and floors were used to reduce formwork and reinforcement of temporary fixtures at the site

Written by Mark Rocha

January 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Posted in Built

Nara Centennial Hall

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Building: Nara Centenniel Hall
Location: Nara, Japan
Completion: 1998
Architect: Arata Isozaki & Associates
General Contractors: Obayashi Corporation
AE Interests: Built with new pantadome construction method which used precast concrete panels to erect side walls and roof simultaneously

Written by Mark Rocha

January 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Posted in Built

Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum – Osaka, Japan

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Building: Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum
Location: Osaka, Japan
Completion: 2001
Architect: Tado Ando
Structural Engineers: Asocoral Engineering Associates
General Contractors: Zenitaka Corporation
AE Interests: Curving glass corridor

Written by Mark Rocha

January 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Posted in Built

Komyo-ji Temple – Ehime, Japan

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Building: Komyo-ji Temple
Location: Ehime, Japan
Completion: 2000
Architect: Tadao Ando
AE Interests: Constructed with laminated wood which allowed for material uniformity and all of the wood to be used with no waste, combined water with wooden elements , single structure made up of multiple parts, complex wood framing that required extreme precision

Written by Mark Rocha

January 26, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Posted in Built

Abeno House – Osaka, Japan

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Building: Abeno House
Location: Osaka, Japan
Completion: 1999
Architect: Shotaro Suga Architects
AE Interests: Built for Shotara Suga,  three story steel frame contruction

Written by Mark Rocha

January 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Posted in Built

GC Osaka Building – Osaka, Japan

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Building: GC Osaka Building
Location: Osaka, Japan
Completion: 2000
Architect: Shigeru Ban Architects
Architect on Record: Marunouchi Architects
Structural Engineers: Van Structural Design
Mechanical Engineers: Marunouchi Architects & Engineers
General Contractors: Kajima Corporation
AE Interests: To counter fire resistance codes, the exterior of the steel structure was covered with wood to act as a fire barrier, known as a “flammable barrier” design.

Written by Mark Rocha

January 26, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Posted in Built

Reichstag Building Dome – Berlin, Germany

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Building: New German Parliament Reichstag
Location: Ebertstraße 10117 Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Completed: 1999
Architect: Foster and Partners
Architect of Record: Foster and Partners
Structural Engineer: Leonhardt, Andrae und Partner
Project Manager: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Projektsteuerung
AE Interests: Radical energy strategy, uses vegetable oil as bio-fuel

Written by Mark Rocha

September 1, 2009 at 11:52 am

Posted in Built

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts – Norwick, United Kingdom

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Building: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Location: Earlham Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4
Completed: 1978
Architect: Foster and Partners
Architect of Record: Foster and Partners
Engineer: Anthony Hunt Associates
AE Interests: Early exploration into lightweight, flexible structures

Written by Mark Rocha

August 28, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Posted in Built

Crystal Island – Moscow, Russia

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Building: Crystal Island
Location: Nagatino Peninsula
Completion: Approved
Architect: Foster and Partners
Architect of Record: Foster and Partners
AE Interests: World’s largest building, a vast tent-like superstructure that acts as city inside a building for apartments, hotels, and schools

Written by Mark Rocha

August 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Posted in Proposed Design

American Air Museum – Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

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Building: American Air Museum
Location: Cambridgeshire CB2 4QR
Completed: 1997
Architect: Foster and Partners
Architect of Record: Foster and Partners
Structural Engineer: Arup

AE Interests: Single vault enclosure that is covered by a powerful arc

Written by Mark Rocha

August 28, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Posted in Built

Milla Viaduct – Millau, Tarn Valley, France

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Bridge: Milla Viaduct
Location: Millau, Tarn Valley, France
Completed: 2004
Architect: Foster and Partners
Architect of Record: Chapelet-Defol-Mousseigne
Structural Engineering: EEG Simecsol and Greisch
Contractor: Eiffage Construction
Fabricator: Freyssinet (stay cables)
Launching Enerpac
Formwork: PERI Formwork and Scaffolding
AE Interests: Cable stayed masted structure with minimal intervention in the landscape

Written by Mark Rocha

August 28, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Posted in Built

Capella Singapore – Singapore, Singapore

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Building: Capella Singapore
Location: 1 The Knolls Sentosa Island
Completed: 2009
Architect: Foster and Partners
Architect of Record: DP Architects Pte Ltd
Structural Engineer: Web Structures
Civil Engineer: Web Structures
Contractor: Tiong Seng Contractors
AE Interests: Integrating historic buildings into master plan by using natural contours of the site

Written by Mark Rocha

August 28, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Posted in Built

Smithsonian American Art Museum – Washington, DC

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Building: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Location: 1000 Jefferson Dr SW
Completed: 2007
Architect: Foster and Partners
Architect of Record: Smith Group Inc.
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold

Roof Contractor: Josef Gartner

AE Interests:  Roof composed of vaults that interlock to create soft curved valleys

Written by Mark Rocha

August 28, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Posted in Built

California State University Channel Islands – Camarillo, California

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California State University Channel Islands – Camarillo, CA
Building: California State University Channel Islands
Location: 1 University Dr, Camarillo, CA
Completed: 2008
Architect: Foster and Partners
Architect of Record: Leo A Daly / Gruen Associates
Structural Engineer: THP Limited
Landscape Architect: AHBE
Contractor: HKA
AE Interests: Prominent roof canopy as an effective environmental device

Written by Mark Rocha

August 28, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Posted in Built

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